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It May Be Time to Replace Those Front Door Locks

Updated on April 23, 2011

Out With the Old

Take a look at your front door locks for a moment. Do you like what you see? If not, it may be time for some new hardware. There are many different choices, when it comes to door locking products. Here are a few tips to consider, if you are in the market for some changes.

Quality Products

If you are going through all the time and expense to improve your home security, spend the extra money and invest in quality locks. Good locks will last much longer than inexpensive and cheaply made ones. They also will work much better, and will be much harder for thieves to open. Although there is no way to make your residence 100% burglar proof, quality locks will at least improve your security.

Combo Products

If you plan to replace the deadbolt and the doorknob lock, why not go with a combo package? This will give you one key that unlocks both locks, and it is one less key to worry about. Some people may be slowly reaching the limit when it comes to keys, and one or two more might tear a pocket or damage the inside of a purse. In any manner, you life can be a little less complicated with a combo package.

Another advantage of combos is appearance, as your deadbolt and doorknob will match perfectly. Many people judge a house by the front door, as it is one of the first things that they see. A well groomed door with matching hardware can make a favorable impression.

Installation

Make sure that your new hardware will fit your door. Measure the door thickness and the diameter of the holes. Most products are universal in fit, but it never hurts to check. This is especially important if you live in a manufactured or mobile home. Check the specs on the replacement hardware to see if it will fit.

Installation is usually straight forward and simple, as you may only need a screwdriver. Take off the old hardware and replace it with the new. If you plan to give the old hardware away, place it in the container of the new one, and do not forget to stick the keys in the old locks, so they will not get lost.

There may be times when the new mechanism will not perfectly match the door latch. In other words, you may need to move the new strike plate, so the door can latch and lock. This should not be difficult if you have a wood chisel and hammer. Be very careful with the chisel and tap lightly with the hammer, to avoid damage to the door jab.

High Tech Choices

There are some nifty high tech choices, when it comes to door security. Perhaps you do not want to be bothered with any keys. You can choose a lock setup that uses a number keypad, and all you have to do is remember your code. These locks will cost a little more, but the added convenience is well worth the extra money.

Summing It Up

New front door locks can make your home more secure and attractive. It is best to invest in quality materials and combo kits that provide the same key for both locks. These new locks are quite simple to install, and you may only need a screwdriver. There are also high tech selections that give you key-less entry to your home. Visit Alice's Product Review Blog for more information on door locks.

The Old

You may not realize how old and tired the old locks are, until you remove them.
You may not realize how old and tired the old locks are, until you remove them.

The New Locks

New locks look good. In fact,they look TOO GOOD. Now I have to go back to the hardware store and buy some white paint for the door.
New locks look good. In fact,they look TOO GOOD. Now I have to go back to the hardware store and buy some white paint for the door.

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